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Street Smart
Street smart: The banker that mapped Cairo
Have you ever spent any time reading El-Maqrizi, Ibn Iyas or Ibn Taghri Birdi, completely losing your bearing in the Cairo of the tenth or thirteenth centuries?
Street Smart: Cairo's Downtown Memory project keeps the history alive
Half of Cairo's charm is in it's past, which the Downtown Memory project manages to preserve
Street Smart: The hidden jewel on Shawarbi Street
The city has a way of accommodating the past without deferring to it; scratch beneath the layers added by time and another age is there to be discovered
Commemorating Nakba: 3rd Gaza Monologues
Memoirs read by survivors of an Israeli operation against the Gaza Strip that killed 1,380 Palestinians will be read at The Gaza Monologues on 15 May
Street Smart: The Jewish alley of Old Cairo
Ahram Online visits part of Egypt’s lost heritage, the Jewish alley of Old Cairo, known as Haret El-Yahud
Street smart: Before the Immobilia Building
When you stand at the intersection of Qasr el-Nil and Sherif today, what you see right across from the central bank is a multi-story building that was, when it was built in 1936, the pride and joy of downtown Cairo
Street Smart: Downtown,1864
The downtown we often long for, the one enshrined in the black-and-white films of the 1940s and 1950s, is not what Khedive Ismail would have had in mind when he began his grandiose urban renewal scheme in the mid 1860s
Street Smart: Mohammed Ali Street
Mohammed Ali Street in the heart of the city has always been associated with folk arts. From the gateway to cosmopolitan Cairo to the home of belly-dancers, the Street has many stories to tell
On the trail of the holy family in Egypt
Escaping King Herod, the Virgin Mary, Joseph and Jesus found safety and shelter in Egypt, a history that to this day makes Egyptians proud  
Mamluk era arms market falls into disrepair
The once bustling Souq Al-Selah Street lies in the heart of Islamic Cairo surrounded now by piles of refuse, as it slowly decays and slips out of the collective memory

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Street Smart: Cairo 2050, Guilty by design or association?
It is perhaps one of the most detailed, sophisticated visions of Cairo’s future to have been put together in the past thirty years or so

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Folk: Sufi Music Fills the Ramadan Air
On the fourth night of Samaa International Sufi Festival, members of the Pakistani Rafi Peer band create musical magic for an eager crowd

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Makan brings tradition back to Cairo
Makan, the Egyptian Centre for Culture and Art, buzzes with the grassroots sound of the Nile Delta, featuring little seen stars

Folk: Khodeir’s letters - Calligraphy personalised in his exhibition
Celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, the Picasso Gallery in Zamalek features a highly unique calligraphy collection by artist Khodeir El-Borsaidy

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